The JUSTICE Project

Justice for Underserved Students: Teacher Preparation in Inclusive Classroom Environments

The JUSTICE Project at Canisius College provides teacher education candidates, faculty, and area K-12 teachers with opportunities to learn about and address the critical issues facing educators in today's classrooms.  The work of the project affords opportunities to build partnerships and work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote best practices in education.

The project's scope of work is driven by eleven elements.  Each element addresses a current educational topic that has been identified as critical in the efforts to improve urban education for children with special needs.

The JUSTICE Project's initiatives include research, enhancement of Canisius College’s Special Education Program curriculum, providing area K-12 teachers with ingoing professional development trainings, integration of assistive technology into classrooms, inclusive classroom.

2016-17 Professional Development Series

Assistive Technology for the General Educator: Facilitating success of students with learning/behavioral needs through the use of relevant technology

This series will focus on increasing participant awareness of and ability to utilize relevant technology to meet the needs of all students. During the series participants will:

  • Learn about assistive technology devices and services available to facilitate success of students with learning/behavioral needs.
  • Assess students' learning/instructional needs to identify the appropriate technology for instruction.
  • Select and apply research-based practices for integrating technology into instruction.
  • Apply assistive technology to the instructional process and evaluate its impact on learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities.

Session Dates: 

* All sessions will be held from 4:30-7:00 pm in the Grupp Fireside Lounge at Canisius (located in the student center)

* Check out our flier for more information about the spring sessions in the JUSTICE Professional Development Series!

➢ September 21, 2016, Patrick McMillan
Google for Assistive Technology Tools

➢ October 19, 2016, Rob Zdrojewski and Alane Seeger
Using Kahoot and Socrative to Engage Our Students

➢ November 30, 2016, Mark Drollinger, Max Grundy, Mary Howard

Assistive Technology Tool Smackdown

➢ January 18, 2017, Dr. Nancy Cook

Digital Literacy Resources for Students with Learning/Behavioral Needs

➢ February 15, 2017, Dr. Kathy Doody

Tools to Assist Students with Autism

➢ March 22, 2017, Dr. Kathleen Gradel

Tools to Differentiate the Research Process

April 19, 2017

Teacher Showcase of Research Studies

Professional Development (PD) Hours: Participants will be awarded 2.5 professional development hours for each session attended, and can receive up to 17.5 hours for attending all 7 sessions.

Registration Information

  • Seating is limited, register prior to attending sessions
  • Registration is limited to Canisius community members, teacher candidates, and educators working in area schools


ATTENTION Buffalo Public School Faculty:
You must register for this series through your Teacher Center using the PGS  


JUSTICE Elements

The JUSTICE Elements encompass the project’s mission to improve teacher education programs to help improve urban education  and the education of students with high incidence disabilities. These elements address pedagogy supported by evidence based practices that will facilitate and promote the project’s goal.

 View the JUSTICE Elements Handout


Learn More About the JUSTICE Project

For further information contact:

Patricia Waters, PhD
JUSTICE Project Administrator or 716-888-3742

Funded through Grant H32T110018